Minnesotans vote on whether to tax the rich to pay for police, schools

Michael Thompson Jr., JD, Josh Kostin of Perpetual Intelligence and Bojan Tihac offer analysis on the presidential race and Minnesotans’ choice in the video above. Minnesotans are deciding whether to tax themselves and pay…

Minnesotans vote on whether to tax the rich to pay for police, schools

Michael Thompson Jr., JD, Josh Kostin of Perpetual Intelligence and Bojan Tihac offer analysis on the presidential race and Minnesotans’ choice in the video above.

Minnesotans are deciding whether to tax themselves and pay for $650 million in spending for police, homeless shelters and schools.

It’s called the Minnesota Senate’s “tax the rich” bill. If passed, the measure would require a supermajority of 60 percent of voters to approve a statewide sales tax increase, and a referendum to enact the tax.

In January, Minnesota voters rejected a ballot measure to require a tax increase if local governments raise property taxes to generate revenue for services.

But progressives say taxes help the poor, since property taxes mostly go to owners of homes.

The public schools would receive more money for needy students. And police would get extra money to hire more officers, expand the use of body-worn cameras and hire a new deputy attorney general who would carry out investigations into civil rights abuses.

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